Spiraling defense expenditures and a 24,000-audit, $574 billion backlog are facing the Defense Contract Auditing Agency. The agency has fallen short in ensuring that overpayments to Pentagon contractors are recovered, lawmakers say. Private contractors say the agency is stalling the contracting process. "We have companies who have been rendered ineligible to work for the Pentagon for the simple reason that that it's taken so long for DCAA to confirm the company made the changes DCAA has requested," according to one industry group's president.
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